Central Oregon Youth Orchestra

youthorchestraYouth orchestras create community; they infuse the growing, youthful spirit with goodness. Attend the fall concert on December 14 at Bend High School featuring the Phoenix String Quarter, guest students from the Cascade School of Music and wonderful works by Beethoven, Dvorak as well as themes from Harry Potter.

This year 2013 celebrated the launch of inspired, youthful orchestral music making in Central Oregon. The Central Oregon Youth Orchestra (COYO) is a full – symphonic opportunity inviting band and orchestral students seeking an enriched compliment to their musical studies.

Students from Bend and communities across Central Oregon rehearse weekly with an exceptional staff of conductors and coaches preparing a wide variety of exciting, orchestral repertoire. As one of the newest youth orchestra programs in the country, COYO is attracting nationally recognized guest artists, coaches and pedagogues from around the country eager to visit and share their expertise.


In addition to exciting public performances this season, members of COYO will travel to Portland for a two-day residency, teaming up with the Portland Youth Philharmonic under the direction of conductor, David Hattner. Students will engage in master classes with Portland area musicians and attend an evening concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with world-class violin soloist Hilary Hahn and the Oregon Symphony.


A new component this year also introduces, the Central Oregon Junior Symphony (COJS), a strings only ensemble, welcoming younger-leveled players with at least two years experience. More advanced youth orchestra musicians in the program are encouraged to participate in chamber music activities and the annual concerto competition. COYO is growing rapidly, exuberantly, reaching and connecting motivated and enthusiastic music students. This new program offers an educational opportunity for many levels of musical growth and ambition.

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